Last week, the NFL had one of the lengthiest injury reports in recent memory. Numerous big names were lost to injury on Sunday, with several placed on injured reserve this past week. In Week 15, the injury list is significantly lighter. We have some big names, but nearly as much as last week. There are still plenty of questions to answer, but these are players to track on Monday when the usual round of MRIs happen.
We’ve still got Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football to go, so this list could grow. But in the meantime, it’s time to start considering your waiver wire options for Week 16 of your fantasy football leagues. Below is a rundown of notable injuries, and who stands to benefit as you consider what to do with your waiver wire priority.
We’ll update with more information on each injury, and any new names that show up.
Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Scotty Miller, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs lost Mike Evans last week, and lost two more receivers on Sunday. Godwin is the much bigger injury. He was a strong running mate for Evans, surpassing 1,200 yards before injuring his hamstring on Sunday. After the game, head coach Bruce Arians said it doesn’t look good and compared it to Evans.
Miller injured his own hamstring after a solid day of three receptions for 49 yards and a touchdown. If he can get back for Week 16, he’d be an intriguing addition opposite Breshad Perriman with Godwin likely missing the rest of the season.
UPDATE: Head coach Mike Zimmer told the media after the game that he has no idea of the severity of Cook’s injury, per beat writer Chris Tomasson.
Cook suffered a shoulder injury in the third quarter and was quickly ruled out after a visit to the medical tent. Cook was listed with a chest injury during the week, so one has to wonder if it’s the same or related, or if it’s a new injury. Regardless, this will be one to track. Alexander Mattison would have gotten the work in Week 15, but he was inactive with an ankle injury. Mike Boone and Ameer Abdullah got the work in place of Cook.